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Cory Rasmus a candidate to start Saturday
by Chris Cwik |

Angels pitcher Cory Rasmus is a candidate to start Saturday, according to the Orange County Register

Rasmus has pitched out of the bullpen all season. He's posted a 2.68 ERA over 37 innings. Both Randy Wolf and Michael Roth are thought to be in the running for the start as well. 

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Ehire Adrianza unlikely to return this season
by R.J. White |

Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza is heading to the team's spring-training facility in Arizona for more rehab work, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Adrianza estimates that he's a month away from being ready for game action, which means he's unlikely to return to major-league action this season. The infielder is recovering from a hamstring injury.

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Hector Sanchez to be re-evaluated in three weeks
by R.J. White |

Giants catcher Hector Sanchez said Wednesday that he'll be re-evaluated by a doctor in three weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Sanchez will join the team for home games and continue exercising as he continues to recover from multiple concussions. With a re-evaluation unlikely until mid-September, it's becoming less and less likely he'll be back before the end of the regular season.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu feels no pain in simulated game
by R.J. White |

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu said he felt no pain in a two-inning simulated game Wednesday, reports.

Ryu could return to the starting rotation Sunday or Monday. He's been sidelined since Aug. 13 while dealing with a strained right glute muscle.

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David Wright could return to lineup Sunday
by R.J. White |

Mets third baseman David Wright may be able to return to the starting lineup Thursday, reports.

Wright has been sidelined since Sunday due to a neck injury, but he underwent extensive treatment Tuesday and was able to take batting practice Wednesday. He has hit .266/.324/.368 with eight home runs, 56 RBI and six stolen bases in 489 at-bats.

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Nick Punto not running at full speed
by Chris Cwik |

Athletics infielder Nick Punto is not running at full speed yet, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Punto has been out since August 2 due to a hamstring injury. He's hit .207/.300/.279 over 179 at-bats. 

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Jed Lowrie could begin rehab assignment Wednesday
by Chris Cwik |

Athletics shortstop Jed Lowrie could start a rehab assignment Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Lowrie has been sidelined since August 13 due to a finger injury. He's been able to make progress recently, and could be close to a return. Lowrie hit .238/.317/.354 over 407 at-bats. 

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Joaquin Arias remains sidelined Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Giants infielder Joaquin Arias is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies. Arias is battling neck soreness, according to a report from Tuesday.

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Astros still 'highly unlikely' to sign Brady Aiken
by Chris Cwik |

It's still "highly unlikely" that the Astros sign top pick Brady Aiken, according to the Houston Chronicle

A recent report emerged that the two sides could still come to an agreement on a deal. The deadline to sign draft picks was actually July 18, but may have been extended in this case due to a clause proposed by Major League Baseball. Commissioner Bud Selig made some comments Wednesday hinting at a "hopeful solution," but it's unclear if that extends to Aiken. The Astros had similar signing issues with fifth-rounder Jacob Nix. Nix has filed a grievance against the club, which may allow him to sign after the deadline. 

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Rockies bring up pitcher, catcher from Colorado Springs
by Marty Gitlin |

The Rockies have promoted pitcher Christian Friedrich and catcher Jackson Williams from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Friedrich is coming up despite a 7.00 ERA at that level and 9.45 ERA in three starts with Colorado. Williams owns a stat line of .256/.353/.368 with the Sky Sox.

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